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Wow, I can't believe tomorrow is August but it is and hopefully we'll get a little more Summer before Winter hits plus we desperately need rain as well but no smoking over the weather or anything else because I'm secure in my quit plus just to be sure that I don't get lazy and complacent I am always vigilant while going about my daily business, that's how we all must protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves once we get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings and the hair pulling and feeling like you'd like to rip somebody's face off in those early days and wks which I most certainly felt like doing but didn't!  then it's time to be on guard for any stressers because Freedom is way too important not to protect it with everything in us because life is so much better without the crutch of cigarettes, here's a pic of my grandson Mason this past February ugh on living in a snowbelt right BonnieBee.quit.2.8.15 ? Thankfully smoking isn't even a blimp on my radar! 

Quitting Smoking is the wisest decision that any of us will ever make in this lifetime so once we do finally brighten up let's nurture it and protect it and never ever take it for granted, vigilance is key to a successful, happy smokefree life so keep plowing forward especially if you are struggling and get through the rough patches and come out the other side smiling because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking! Family is my big motivator to stay quit and having Mason want to come to gram & gramps to spend the day and night is heaven on earth for us and he's still sleeping this morning, there's all positives to quitting but no negatives whatsoever that I see! 

Quitting Smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and definitely worth it all to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick, quit now while you are still vertical and get through the rough patches, stand firm and keep stacking up those precious smoke days because now is the time to take back your life while you still can! 

With the right mindset we can do just about anything we put our minds to including quitting smoking and Remaining quit and it really should be at the top of the list of things to do so believe in yourself, be willing, determined and totally committed and read everything you can right here which will strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living a life of Freedom and this should give you the right mindset to succeed in taking back your life from the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks, there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must believe it don't let go until you come out the other side smiling!

I quit smoking only after finding out that I have mild copd, my husband quit 2 and a half months sooner than I did because of mild emphysema that showed up in a catscan but at that point I thought I was fine we always smoked outside so I thought I'd smoke away from him even though he could smell the stench on me but he worked away most of the time traveling putting up tarp buildings with 3 other workers he was the only non Smoker but at least they didn't smoke in the truck, he had 3 yrs in April 25th yay. Our health was our motivator, take a good look at this pic because relaxation is fantastic but none of us are ready for that to be permanent at six feet under, quit now and start reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it, it's way past time to bite the bullet and stop playing Russian Roulette with your life! Life is way too short to knowingly continue to slowly kill yourself so quit now and stay quit  stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance while going about your daily lives.....

Life is going to happen good or bad whether we smoke or not so chin up and grab on tight and don't let go until you come out the other side realizing that there really is Life after cigarettes and then you can start reaping the benefits of being an Exer because our lives literally on it so please stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days! And remember anything in life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking and Remaining Quit should be at the top of the list of things to do for your health for your life and the people who love you, it's time to bite the bullet and stop playing Russian Roulette with your life, quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it to be FREE! 

I was going to back away from the community for ME to destress from all the changes going on here from admin but hopefully there's no more filters or anything like that will limit us from helping people quit smoking which is why we're here to strengthen people's resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living their lives free from the clutches of the cancer sticks because we know they can quit smoking because so many of us Exers who smoked 40 and 50 yrs have done it! Is it easy to quit? HELL NO!!!! BUT IS IT WORTH IT? HELL YES!!!! No one or NO EXcuse can cause us to relapse but ourselves so chin up and grab onto the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE!!!! Hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic! 

I know that I've only been around here for a little over three years but this site and all of you felt like a family and even with the new platform taking place the third week of January and all its struggles trying to figure out how to maneuver and figuring it out little by little was fine and the one good thing I like is being able to post pics because I never did learn how on the old format, I'm just not tech-savvy but over the last several weeks the moderation started because of the spam problem but I find that way too much is being moderated and I'm just not talking about my stuff, one time though over a wk end one of my comments was being moderated for over 23 hrs, I know because I checked it and by the time it was released it didn't make a bit of sense. Now we have this damned filter in place all due to this incident awhile back with the profanity of this one person that directed all the anger onto one of our sweetest members, I understand that can't happen but we are all adults even though lately and I'm only speaking for myself I feel like a little kid that just got caught with my hand in the cookie jar. I've backed away because I just don't feel comfortable voicing myself anymore even though I am right now, I had a couple of people on my blog Saturday that said it  really helped them and that's what this site is all about that's why we're all here and I had one person private message me to see if I was alright and I sincerely thank this person for that. I care for each and everyone of you my friends and fellow Exers and that's from the bottom of my heart. I don't want to back away when there may be people on the verge of quitting that maybe I could help or someone struggling to remain quit that I might say something that might help. Come on administration Mark ,there's got to be a better way and please don't toss out a whole whack of reasons of why's or what you the administration think is best for the community because we are the community and I for one am soooooooo frustrated and a big part of me wants to walk away but I also need to be here just in case I may be able to help even if it's just one person! I am so thankful that I'm secure in my quit otherwise I would've smoked my brains out over the last couple of weeks. I decided to voice how I feel so as indingrl.01.06.2011 would say Take what you need and leave the rest! 

Believe in yourself, be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time or one minute or even one second at a time but you must stick with your quit, life really does get better and better with time under your belt so chin up and grab onto the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE!, I won't be blogging every day for at least awhile but I'll still be around a fair amount because all of you my friends and fellow Exers are a huge part of my success with all of the knowledge of everyone here and the reading I did prior to my quit date strengthened my resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and I thank you all for helping me to be smokefree.  I believe today I have 1,104 precious DOF under my belt and I'm smiling and still stacking up my precious smoke free days and so can you but you must believe it and continue to move forward, I found this saying this morning and I thought it was fitting for a quit.....

I thought I'd stop by and say hello, I hope everyone's had a good wk my daughter Mandy, Mason and I enjoyed our time away Tuesday and Wednesday until arriving home about 5pm Wed but it was wonderful to spend the quality time together, Mandy smokes but I have no desire to go backwards but I love going forward and stacking up my DOF, keep your chin up if you're struggling and grab onto the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE! You will get through the rough patches it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it so hang on tight and don't let go until you come out the other side smiling which you will but you must stick with your quit because after decades upon decades upon decades upon decades of smoking it only stands to reason that it's going to take time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch of cigarettes so keep moving forward and this evening you can say YAY for  Another Day WON! N.O.P.E works when applied on a daily basis because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option! 

Quitting Smoking is definitely difficult but if we want it bad enough then we'll definitely succeed, I am so thankful that I finally wised up and took back my life from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison it was the best decision that I've or you will ever make in this lifetime and our lives literally depends on us remaining quit. I'm taking a much needed break from here for a few days at least, I really need to destress, my daughter Mandy and Mason are paying for a hotel room tomorrow with a swimming pool, hot tub and sauna we're only staying the night but it's going to be nice she's taking me

to an appointment Wed. morning then we'll take the rest of the day and do whatever.please stay strong in your quits, be vigilant while going about your daily routine. (((((Huge cyber hug)))))

Life is full of ups and downs for the non Smoker as well as the smoker and for us that's quit smoking it's definitely more stressful with more downs for the first few weeks, I remember it was for me so if you can avoid any EXtra stress and avoid problems that's great but unfortunately we can't do that and hopefully most people will be very helpful and will do their best not to overwhelm you with  issues that will stress you out. I really don't believe that non smoking people really understand what HELL we go through in the early stages of quitting smoking because if they did then they wouldn't stress you out but you can and will be successful in your quit just the same as long as you are willing, determined and totally committed no matter what is happening in life and if someone is stressing you so be it don't let anyone or anything screw with your quit because there's no EXcuse on the face of this earth that's good enough to throw away the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! Choose to quit and choose to stick with it so you can get through the rough patches and come out the other side smiling and reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker! 

Choose to quit then stick with N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever - will give you a beautiful smoke free life because S.I.N.A.O  - Smoking Is Not An Option. I remember vividly my early wks of my quit and I pray that I'll always remain vigilant while going about my life, N. E. F.  - Never Ever Forget Day One or those early days and wks . Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and definitely worth it all to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick, you can and will be successful if you believe it and are willing, determined and totally committed to succeed but it's a choice to stick with it and continue to stack up those precious smoke free days it's yours for the taking so grab on tight and don't let go until you come out the other side smiling! Which you will but you must hang on tight! 

And it's ours for the taking but it's a choice that each of us must make for ourselves and we must want it more than anything else on the face of this earth then we must educate ourselves on this horrid addiction and I chose to educate myself right here on this site so I read everything I could about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit and I found an overwhelming amount of information which strengthened my resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb, I hid in the shadows and just read for quite some time . I set my quit date but I wasn't ready when it came around so I set it up for the following week and promised myself that was my date and that was it because finding out that I have mild copd scared the crap out of me and I decided to take back my life while I still could then for some reason I never came back until I was going through one horrendous never ending crave that I wanted to jump in my car and buy a carton of cigarettes not just a pk but I promised myself the night before quitting smoking that I'd never pick up another cigarette as long as I live and I don't break promises to anybody including myself, thankfully I remembered this site so I logged on and finally commented on something which someone commented back to me that I should write a blog and say a little bit about myself and my quit which was my 18th day I believe and the rest is history. Today I'm celebrating three glorious smoke free years of Freedom after 40 yrs of smoking at least 30 smokes a day I'm glad that I was scared into quitting for my health because I really don't know if I would've been bright enough to quit otherwise because I always thought that it was other people who got smoking related illnesses that I was just fine and I think I thought that I was invincible but I wasn't invincible, none of us are, I'm so thankful for this community of awesome friends and fellow Exers so if you haven't quit yet now is the time while you are still vertical. Quit for you and your health, your family and even your wallet but quit before your health takes a downhill slide where you end up on oxygen 7/24 or worse, there's definitely life after cigarettes reach out and grab the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE! 

Life can be really frustrating at times and this not so new format that we've been living with since the third week of January has been a royal pain in my butt but I've been getting used to it and we're getting lots of new folks here quitting smoking which makes me so happy to see people taking back their lives and living without the crutch of smoking, yay I'm thrilled and you new folks don't know about our old Ex community but I still miss it because it's the community that I came to and was welcomed with open arms and felt like part of the family, I could tell who was on line and if someone hadn't been around for awhile and I noticed them I'd tell them they were missed and 9 out of 10 times they'd comment back how much it meant. It's different now but I've been getting used to it but this new deal with being monitored, censored or whatever you want to call it is plain ridiculous in my opinion, I know I've only been around a little over 3 yrs and I only remember twice once on the old format and once here that foul language was used and actually directed at someone and on the old format it was handled amongst themselves but here on this platform everything is monitored and I really find it aggravating and feel like a little kid having my fingers slapped even though nothing is directed at me because I don't use profanity but I'm part of this community and we should be treated like adults and all the new quitters and the people hiding in the shadows reading this needs to know that we're a welcoming site and if they happen to use a swear word to describe their rough patch in their quit that it won't be censored out so it looks like this xxxx as our friend and fellow Exer Diane Joy would say Take what you need and leave the rest ! speaking of Diane she had a rough time here too not to long ago and I'm so glad we reached out to her and she came back, I find there's way too much drama lately and this is just my opinion so no one has to comment but I just wanted to put my feelings out there. I used the @ mention the other day on a blog trying to be part of the conversation but maybe the person didn't get the notification so I didn't bother with it which is fine and that's not the issue! The issue for me is the concern of new people being censored, I'm done whining and even though I'm stressed out and frustrated I'm secure in my quit and will protect it with my life because my life depends on It and the same goes for each and everyone of you reading this please stand firm in your quit and be vigilant while going about your daily business.  life is way too short to knowingly continue to slowly kill yourself so quit smoking if you haven't already done so and if you are struggling please don't throw your quit away ! S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - N. O. P. E. - Not One Puff Ever - will give you a beautiful smoke free life - N.E.F - Never Ever Forget  - the early days and wks of quitting smoking because another day ONE would really suck big time but another Day WON - is super fantastic so hang on tight and don't let go until you get through the rough patches and come out the other side smiling! Also H. A. L. T. - Hunger, Anger, Lonely, Tired  - is great to remember because we need to take EXtra good care of ourselves so we can protect our quits and reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker! 

Only two more Hump Days in July after today, wow I find the older I get the wks seems to slip by too fast, I want to enjoy some summer and Fall weather before winter hits which seems to be the longest season here but that's only because I detest winter and we had a lousy and very long snowy Spring this year but I won't smoke over the weather or anything else because I'm secure in my quit but I'll always remain on guard for any stressers because I value my quit which is the best gift that I've ever given myself so I'll never let it go. For anyone reading this that's thinking only one won't hurt well it will send you spiraling right back to full fledged smoking so don't do it, the longer you stay quit the easier it will get and believe me when I say that there's life after cigarettes because there is and it's super fantastic so don't throw your quit away instead embrace it, nurture it and protect it and never ever take it for granted!

I actually slept in until 8: 45  Atlantic time I guess I must have needed the sleep even before my first sip of coffee the phone rang and it kept ringing but a couple of the phone calls I was happy to receive, anyway here I am wishing each of you reading this a stressfree, hasslefree but most importantly a smokefree day and if you haven't already quit smoking please do so now while you are still vertical and if you are struggling please don't throw your quit away because Quitting won't kill you but continuing to smoke most likely will or at least cause many smoking related illnesses which possibly could've been avoided by getting through the ups and downs of the roller coaster ride and realizing that there really is Life after cigarettes because there really is but to find out you must stick with your quit! 

Our lives literally depends on us remaining quit, I remember those early days and wks of my quit and thankfully I I was too stubborn to give up and I kept moving forward and stacking up my precious smoke free days and by reading everything I could find about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit right here on this site which strengthened my resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living a life of Freedom, it's soooooooo Doable but you must stick with your quit in order to be successful, it's your choice and of course it's going to be difficult but when you stop and think about how many decades you smoked then it only stands to reason that it's going to take some time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch of smoking but you can do it so choose to be FREE! 

I still smile at my days WON it sure beats another Day One that's for sure, quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and with the right mindset we can do just about anything we put our minds to so go for it, stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance then you'll realize that there's definitely life after cigarettes and you can start smiling at your days WON and begin to reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker, we all have a choice whether to smoke or not and I want everyone to choose NOT because our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits! 

 

 

I know before I finally wised up and bit the bullet and stopped playing Russian Roulette with my life and before I found this site, I didn't believe in myself I didn't think I could quit smoking and I wasn't sure I even wanted to but when a Dr told me he didn't like the sound of my lungs and sent me for a breathing test which showed mild copd that's when I realized that I wasn't invincible that I didn't want to end up on oxygen 7/24 or worse so I found this site and read everything I could about quitting smoking and Remaining. I smoked for 40 yrs at least 30 cancer sticks a day but I decided I wanted to be around for my health, family and grandchildren and so can you please read everything you can here because there's a wealth of information to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living a life of Freedom but you must believe it, be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then you will! Is it easy? HELL NO! But is it worth it? HELL YES! We all have a choice in most things in life and quitting smoking should be at the top of the list of things to do because smoking kills and we all know family and friends that have been affected by smoking related illnesses, choose to quit and remain quit choose Life over addiction because you can believe it! 

Choosing to quit smoking is absolutely the best decision that any of us will ever make in our lives and our lives literally depends on us to to choose to quit and to stick to our quits! Yes quitting is definitely difficult and feels almost unbearable at times notice I said almost but if you stop and think about how many decades we smoked then it only stands to reason that it's going to take some time to relearn life without the crutch of cigarettes but it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it all to be FREE! 

Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and definitely worth it all to be FREE! But we must have the right mindset and be willing to go through the roller coaster ups and downs first and relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch of cigarettes and once we get through the rough patches and realize how much better life is and how great it is to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick then we start reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker because life is so much simpler and definitely happier.

I really hope that everyone had a hasslefree, stressfree but most importantly a smokefree 4th of July yesterday and went to bed with another Day WON! N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever  - works when applied on a daily basis along with vigilance because S.I.N.A.O  - Smoking Is Not An Option, if we stick with vigilance, N. O. P. E - then there's no way that we can Fail! So chin up and grab onto the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves and don't let go until you get through the rough patches and come out the other side smiling.  

Happy Independence Day to all of you my friends and fellow Exers, wishing each of you a wonderful day, let's all of us no matter where we live remain smoke free, let's be EXtra Vigilant while enjoying our Freedom! 

It's good to be back on line, I missed all of you yesterday, my tech guy wasn't sure what the problem was but after just a couple of minutes my Internet was working with no charge to me, yay for that, be extra vigilant while enjoying your festivities to your July 4th tonight and tomorrow and most likely tomorrow night, yay for Independence Day, yay for Freedom! Enjoy it all as an Ex Smoker because life is sooooooo much better without the cancer sticks.  

Happy July 1st everyone, Happy Canada Day to you Christine13 and to Brian, I hope he's feeling ok and that you are doing well too so you both can enjoy some festivals, if there's anymore Canadians out there reading this then I wish you a Happy Canada Day as well, let's all protect our precious quit and remember to remain vigilant while going about our daily lives because vigilance is key to a lifetime of Freedom and July 4th is just around the corner for my American friends here, yes for Independence Day and yes for 5 awesome smoke free yrs for our friend and fellow Exer as well on the 4th of July yay for you Youngatheart.7.4.12 and others that may be celebrating a milestone.